Tag Archives: immigration

Listen Local: A primer on SF as a Sanctuary City and its future

Listen Local is Mission Local’s biweekly radio program. We broadcast live online at BFF.fm every other Thursday morning from 9:30 to 10:00. Saira Hussain, a staff attorney at the Asian Americans Advancing Justice / Asian Law Caucus, joins us to go into the details of what being a Sanctuary City means, specifically in San Francisco. No, it doesn’t mean ICE can’t...

Mexican presidential hopeful gets warm welcome in SF Mission

Mexican presidential hopeful Andrés Manuel López Obrador made an appearance in the Mission District Monday evening, drawing a crowd of more than 200 supporters who welcomed him to the Grand Theater, now Gray Area, on Mission Street with cheers, chants, and signs. “Es un honor luchar con Obrador,” they chanted, or, “It’s an honor to fight with Obrador.” With two...

Little Mission Studio Launches Concert Series with Big Picture Vision

Music samples in this story are played and recorded by Matt Rupert from a theme and variations called Aubada composed by Suad Bushnaq. Inside a music center called “Little Mission Studio” on a semi-industrial block of Hampshire Street, proprietors Claire Plumb and Matt Rupert are exploring big themes. Their upcoming concert series, UnRest, takes direct aim at the narratives of...

Immigration Lawyer Warns of Scammers Exploiting Deportation Fears

With immigration enforcement rapidly becoming more aggressive, immigrants have a lot of questions and concerns,  but they should be cautious about who they turn to for help, warns one immigration lawyer. “There’s just people out there who are willing to scam or take advantage of the fear that people are experiencing right now,” said attorney Veronica B. Guinto at an...

See ICE in the City? Call This Number, Say Immigrant Rights Groups

Immigration nonprofits have sprung into action to respond to President Donald Trump’s threats to increase deportations, and are now offering a 24-hour hotline in English, Spanish, Arabic, and Chinese. Anyone who sees Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)  activity in San Francisco can call (415) 200-1548 at any time. A call to the hotline initiates a process that includes nonprofits sending...

SF Mission Church Offers Sanctuary to Undocumented Community

The Mission’s Episcopal Church of St. John’s the Evangelist on Wednesday joined a number of churches in the San Francisco area and beyond in vowing to protect their immigrant community from deportation. “We’ve given sanctuary to many over the years,” said father Richard Smith, St. John’s vicar, to a group of some 50 community members gathered in front of two...

Activists Announce Plans for Day Without Immigrants on May Day

A Mission District coalition of activist organizations calling itself the “Coalición Primero de Mayo,” or the May 1 Coalition marked Presidents’ Day by announcing its plans for another Day Without Immigrants on May 1. The day will also include a march. The coalition called on supporters to resist by not attending work, going to work, or doing any shopping.  ...

SF Mayor Resists Funding Specialized Team of Immigration Lawyers

San Francisco leaders on Thursday stalled legislation that would fund a team of attorneys working out of the Public Defender’s office who are specialized in defending detained immigrants facing deportation proceedings. The legislation, introduced by Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer, would allow the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office to create 13 new positions, including seven attorneys and six support staff, with...

Dozens of Mission District Stores Shutter on A Day Without Immigrants

While most stores in the Mission District remained open Thursday, dozens made it clear on handmade signs taped to shuttered storefronts that they were willing to forgo profits for a day to show support for the immigrant community. The closings were part of a nationwide protest, A Day Without Immigrants, meant to underscore the importance of the country’s more than...

Revamped Day Laborer Center Increases Support to Immigrant Workers

Some 40 people gathered on a sliver of sidewalk outside of the Immigrant Worker Power Center at 3358 Cesar Chavez St.  to celebrate the center’s reopening following heavy renovations Thursday morning. The center has served as a hub for organizing work in the workers and immigrant rights movements and as a vocational training facility, and houses the 25-year-old collective of immigrant workers known...

Housing, Legal Groups Outline Immigrant Rights When Facing ICE

Mission Housing Development Corporation, a nonprofit housing developer, has put its building managers on notice that Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are not welcome on Mission Housing property. Moreover, the agency, which operates some 35 buildings housing 3000 tenants, has started a series of workshops to help undocumented immigrants know their rights. One of the precautions is to prohibit building...

VIDEO: Immigration Protests at SFO

Mission District organizations and residents were out at airport on Saturday and Sunday to protest President Donald Trump’s ban on immigration. One prominent Mission organization was the Arab Resource and Organizing Center at 522 Valencia St. We’re working on a round-up of immigration assistance. If you or your organization plans to hold any events to keep residents informed, please let us know and we will...

SF Reaffirms Sanctuary Status Despite Executive Order on Immigration

In response to an executive order stripping sanctuary cities of federal funding signed Wednesday morning by President Donald Trump, immigrants, nonprofit organizers and city legislators rallied in front of City Hall to publicly commit to maintaining protections for immigrants and to reassure one another. “Your local government is with you,” said District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen. “We’re going to protect...
Woman stands at lectern on the steps of city hall. She is flanked by other immigrants' rights activists.

Campos Wants $5 Million More for Immigrants, Mayor Says No

Instead of writing wishlists for Santa Claus, immigrant activists gathered on the steps of City Hall Monday to write letters to Mayor Ed Lee urging him to provide more funding to the public defender’s office in the anticipation of a Donald Trump presidency that promises to deport thousands of undocumented people. So far, Lee has resisted such pleas to increase funding...

Campos Presses Mayor For Immigrant Legal Defense Fund

At a rally held Tuesday at noon on City Hall steps, Supervisor David Campos joined non-profit organizations and the Public Defender’s Office for the second time in a week to push the mayor to find $5 million for immigrant legal defense within next year’s budget. The money would be divided almost equally among community non-profits and the Public Defender’s Office...